Amir Marshi is a student, cultural organizer, and researcher and writer for Jerusalem Story. He cofounded the Edward Said Forum for Palestinian students in the Social Sciences, Humanities, and Arts Department at Tel Aviv University and the Souq Stories project: a multi-sited photographic exhibition on historic Palestinian open markets. Currently, Amir is pursuing an MA at the University of Chicago Divinity School, focusing in his research on Palestinian church history.
One of Jerusalem’s most important villages, al-Walaja, has been suffocated by Israeli settlements and their accompanying infrastructure and converted into an open-air prison.
The villages of Beit Iksa, al-Nabi Samwil, and al-Khalayla have been blocked by the Separation Wall, making life for Palestinians there miserable.
Jerusalem’s eastern Palestinian towns, including al-‘Izariyya and Abu Dis, have been completely separated from one another and from Jerusalem by the Separation Wall.